1) Christy Walton

Christy Walton

Net Worth

$41.7 billion

Date of Birth

June 9, 1955

Christy Walton Personal history:
She received her family fortune when her husband John Walton died in a plane crash in 2005. She currently lives in Jackson with her only son Lukas. She is named the richest woman in the world for the fifth time in the past six years. She was also the richest woman in America in the year 2014. Other richest women in America are behind her in terms of wealth.
Christy Walton Education:
Even though, her records of schooling have not known to exist but till she has earned a name for herself through philanthropy which is way better than earning formal education. She provides educational funding for the needy.
Christy Walton Corporate career:
Her major portion of fortune came from her husband’s investments in FirstSolar which is a leading company providing photovoltaic solar energy solutions of which she owns 30% shares. She has majority of the shares of Walmart which constitute 50.8 % of Walmart revenue. She has the ownership of 96% shares of Arvest Bank.
Christy Walton Philanthropy:
She actively takes part in philanthropic activities and is a member of Corporate Giving Officers and Philanthropic Roundtable. She supports Republican Political Support Committees. Since 2000s, she has donated large sums of money to the candidates in federal office, most part of which goes to Republicans. She operates her family foundation as well which is Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. She is involved in supporting educational scholarships under the Children’s Scholarship Fund which provides funds for low income children.
Christy Walton Trivia:
She is among the connoisseurs of Mingei international Museum and has held several art exhibitions at the museum. She donated a price winning Kyrgyz yurt that she purchased from Kyrgyztan in 2007. She made the headlines when a news daily reported her failing to sign the gates- Buffett The living Pledge which most billionaires signed. It states that the pledgees will pay half of their earnings to charity. Instead of signing the pledge, she invested her wealth in producing a movie called Bless Me, Ultima. In 2009, she set up her own production company called Tenaja Productions to produce films. Christy is the richest woman alive right now with that much of money.

2) Lillian Bettencourt

Net Worth

$40.1 billion

Date of Birth

21st Oct, 1922

Lilianne Bettencourt Personal history:
Her father, Eugene Schuller was the founder of L’Oréal and her mother Louise Madeline Berthe was a homemaker.
Lilianne Bettencourt Education:
Her learning mostly came from experimenting in her father’s factory by mixing formulas of cosmetics.
Lilianne Bettencourt Corporate career:
At the age of 15, she joined her father’s cosmetics company and was hired for labelling the shampoo bottles and mixing cosmetics. Being in the cosmetics business is one of the richest profession in the world which is why Bettencourt’s company flourished. Her company made its shares available to the public in 1963. In 1974, she purchased 3% of the shares of Nestle in exchange of her shares in L’Oréal. Just for information, Isabel Dos santos who is the richest woman in Africa could not make it into the top ten list of richest women in the world.
Lilianne Bettencourt Philanthropy:
She, along with her husband is involved in many humanitarian and medical ventures through her ‘Foundation Schuller-Bettencourt.
Lilianne Bettencourt Trivia:
She married Andre Bettencourt who was a French Cabinet minister in 1950. Her husband went on to become the deputy Chairman of L’Oréal. She had a thin line serious relationship with a French artist Francois-Marylander who manipulated and exploited her by making her gift him highly expensive gifts. A case was being filed by Bettencourt daughter against Francois for manipulating her mother. Bettencourt reconciled with her daughter in 2010 and struck off Francois name from her will.

3) Alice Walton

Alice Walton

Net Worth

$39.4 billion

Date of Birth

October 7, 1949

Alice Walton Personal history:
She is among the shareholders of America’s biggest retail chain Walmart. Her siblings are Robson, Jim and Alice Walton. Due to her interests in art, she purchased her first piece of art when she was ten. She bought the piece from her father’s Ben Franklin dime store. In 1974, she got hitched to a Louisiana based investment banker but the two filed for divorced two and a half years of their marriage. After that, she married a contractor which ended in divorce.
Alice Walton Education:
She studied from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas from where she did B.A in economics and finance.
Alice Walton Corporate career:
After graduation, she worked in First Commerce Corporation as an equity analyst. Later, she went on to become vice chairperson of investment wing in Arvest bank Group. In 1988, she established Llama Company which dealt in trade finance, corporate and public finance. She presided over the company as its CEO and chairman.
Alice Walton Philanthropy:
She has been the building block behind the Northwest Arkansas Council. It is a community development organization which built the Northwest Arkansas Airport. The airport authorities generously named a terminal after her given the contributions she made towards the development of the airport. She also manages Walton Family Foundation along with her siblings.
Alice Walton Trivia:
In 2013, she was ranked among the top ten art collectors of the world. She built an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas by the name of Crystal Bridges. She made the headlines when she was caught driving under the influence of alcohol. She also killed a 50 year old woman in rash driving. No charges were filed against her. She is an avid horse lover.


4) Jacqueline Mars

John Mars, Jacqueline, Forrest

Net Worth

$26.6 billion

Date of Birth

October 10, 1939

Jacqueline Mars Personal history:
She is the heiress of the biggest candy factory in the world, Mars Inc., the company behind Milky Way.
Jacqueline Mars Education:
She studied from Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She later graduated from Bryn Mawr College where she earned a degree in anthropology.
Jacqueline Mars Corporate career:
Her grandfather, Frank Mars established the company in 1911. Nowadays, Jacqueline along with her brothers all sit on the board of directors but directly they are not involved in running the operations of their family company, Mars Inc. Mars Inc. has a wing of Mars Foods which is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. On a side note, Julia Roberts being the richest woman in Hollywood has a net worth way too less than others on this list.
Jacqueline Mars Philanthropy:
She has established Mars Foundation along with her brother John and Forrest Mars. The foundation provides funds for wildlife protection.
Jacqueline Mars Trivia:
She has a liking for horse riding which is why she is a trustee of US equestrian Team. She is among the board of Directors of Washington National Opera and National Sporting library and Fine arts Museum. On October 4, 2013, she was driving alone on a highway when suddenly she hit a Chrysler carrying six passengers. One of them was an aged lady who died at the spot. The other five were carried to the hospital in critical condition. After a lot of court proceedings, she was fined to pay $2500 and her driving license got suspended for the next six months.

5) Maria Franca Fissolo

Maria Franca Fissolo & Family

Net Worth

$41.7 billion

Date of Birth

June 9, 1955

Maria Franca Fissolo Personal history:
She is the widow of Michele Ferrero, who was the owner of Ferrero group, one of the leading sweet manufacturing companies of the world.
Maria Franca Fissolo Education:
She got her early education in Italy.
Maria Franca Fissolo Corporate career:
Her company is the maker behind the famous Nutella spread and Tic Tac mints. Her husband Ferrero died in February 2014. The Ferrero group was started by her father-in-law Pietro during World War II in northern Italy where he set up a lab to provide her wife’s pastry shop. At that time cocoa became scarce and in turn, he used the abundant supply of hazelnuts to make the famous Nutella spread. In 1949, Pietro died after which his son took over the operations of the company. In 1987, Michele Ferrero made his two son the Co-CEOs of the company. Another son of her Giovanni now controls the operations as the sole CEO. Her company’s factories are spread across the Europe. Her company has more than 10000 employees and earns an average revenue of $5 billion a year. In order to inform you further, the richest woman in Ghana Patricia Poku-Diaby also could not made it onto this list.
Maria Franca Fissolo Philanthropy:
Her Ferrero Foundation supports the ex-senior employees who worked for the company for more than 25 years through social and medical support. Her company Ferrero group contributes towards the cultural development in Italy by holding seminars and conventions. She is associated with charitable organizations working for the development of Catholic Church.
Maria Franca Fissolo Trivia:
She avoids being in the limelight. Maria’s son Pietro was a cycling enthusiast and died in 2011 in a bicycle training in South Africa.

6) Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs & Family

Net Worth

$19.5 billion

Date of Birth

November 6, 1963

Laurene Powell Jobs Personal history:
She is the widow of Apple founder, Steve Jobs. She married Steve Jobs on 18th March, 1991. Even though the world knows her as the widow of Apple Founder Steve Jobs but she has also made a name for herself through numerous ventures.
Laurene Powell Jobs Education:
She did her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and got a degree in B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She did her M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991.
Laurene Powell Jobs Corporate career:
She cofounded Terravera, a natural foods company. She also sat among the board of directors of Achieva, which helped provide online tools for students in giving multiple exams. She has established Emerson Collective which is an organization which helps in giving entrepreneurial opportunities to under privileged students. Her Laurene Powell Jobs Trust has a 7.7 % stake in Disney’s Pixar animation studio. Laurene is the 6th richest woman in the world.
Laurene Powell Jobs Philanthropy:
She cofounded College Track, a non-profit program that helps disadvantaged students in graduation.
Laurene Powell Jobs Trivia:
She keeps a low profile and donate most part of her earnings in social causes. She is among the trustees at Stanford University.

7) Anne Cox Chambers

Anne Cox Chambers

 

Net Worth

$17 billion

Date of Birth

December 1, 1919

Anne Cox Chambers Personal history:
Her father James M. Cox was the newspaper publisher and founder of Cox enterprises.
Anne Cox Chambers Education:
She did her B.A from Finch College.
Anne Cox Chambers Corporate career:
She is currently the major shareholder of privately held media empire Cox enterprises. Her media empire includes Cox automotive, Cox media Group and Cox Communications. Her company operates several television stations and publishes newspapers. In 1974, she and her sister Barbara controlled the interests of the company when their brother James Cox Jr. died. That same year she controlled the company by working as chairperson of Atlanta Newspapers. She co-owned the company along with her sister Barbara Cox until her death in 2007. She has been the director of Coca Cola Company during 1980s. Richest black woman Oprah Winfrey who is a noted celebrity in the world, also could not earn a spot on this list.
Anne Cox Chambers Philanthropy:
She established Anne Cox Chambers Foundation in 1960. It contributes towards the development of museums, education, animal welfare and health service.
Anne Cox Chambers Trivia:
She has been the ambassador to Belgium under the presidency of Jimmy Carter. She holds the French legion of Honour title. She has a liking for art and a wing in Atlanta’s High Museum of art is held by her. She has been married twice. She provides funds to the Democratic Party.

8) Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten

Net Worth

$16.8 billion

Date of Birth

April 28, 1962

Sussane Klatten Personal history:
Sussane Klatten is the heiress of her father’s 12.5 % stake in BMW.
Sussane Klatten Education:
She did a course in marketing and management from the University of Buckingham. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from International Institute for Management and Development.
Sussane Klatten Corporate career:
After graduation, she executed her knowledge of business finance in Dresdnar
Bank and the Munich branch of management consultants McKinsey and the bank Bankhaus Reuschel & Co. When her father died, she gained his share of 50.1 % in pharmaceuticals manufacturer Altana. After joining Altana’s supervisory board, she has made the company reach new highs. In 2006, Altana sold its pharmaceutical wing to Nycomed focusing now on the chemical activities now. She also got a 12.5 % share in BMW and in 1997, she was appointed to sit on the supervisory board of BMW. Richest black woman of Nigeria Folorunsho Alakija whose wealth comes from her oil business also is way behind than other women.
Sussane Klatten Philanthropy:
An active philanthropist, Susanne has given significant donations to the German political party Christian Democratic Union and was awarded the “Bayerischer Verdienstorden”, which is the Bavarian Order of Merit.
Sussane Klatten Trivia:
She met Jan Klatten while doing internship in BMW where he was an engineer. She did not introduce herself to him as Klatten and rather identified herself as Kant until she got sure of him. She married him in 1990. She likes to play golf and skis in Austria. She is associated with the technical university of Munich since 2005. In 2007, she was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit.

9) Iris Fontbona

Iris Fontbona

Net Worth

$13.5 billion

Date of Birth

1942

Iris Fontbona Personal history:
Her life came into the spotlight when she married a successful entrepreneur in 1961. Her husband Luksic was the owner of Luksic group. Being the widow of Andrónico Luksic Abaroa she inherited  Antofagasta PLC , one of the biggest copper mining companies in the world, after her husband died of cancer in 2005.
Iris Fontbona Education:
She got to know about the corporate affairs first hand when her husband left her the biggest business empire as a fortune.
Iris Fontbona Corporate career:
She has majority of her stake in Quinenco which is a food and beverages maker. She also has interests in energy, transportation and port services. She holds ownership of two chains of hotels in Croatia, Adriatic Luxury Resorts and Laguna Porec. She has ownership of Banco de Chile (59%), the second largest banking group in Chile. She is clearly a lady who is richest in the world.
Iris Fontbona Philanthropy:
In the 2011 Chilean telethon (in aid of children with disabilities), Fontbona donated 1500, 000, 000 Chilean Pesos (approximately £2M).
Iris Fontbona Trivia:
Her son Jean Paul currently serves as the chairman at Antofagasta. Another son  Andronico heads the financial division. Guillermo runs the operations in Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA, the largest brewer in Chile, as well as Compania Sudamericana de Vapores, Latin America’s largest shipping company.

10) Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

Net Worth

$13.4 billion

Date of Birth

December 19, 1961

Abigail Johnson Personal history:
The giant investment firm Fidelity Investments was founded by Abigail’s grandfather Edward Johnson II in 1946. Her father joined the company in 1977 and took over the operations since then.
Abigail Johnson Education:
She did her B.A from Hobart and William in art history in 1984. She briefly worked as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton after completing bachelors. After that, she earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Abigail Johnson Corporate career:
Later, she joined her father’s investment firm Fidelity Investments as an analyst and portfolio manager in 1988. She has been appointed on many executive posts in Fidelity Investments and Research since 1997. She took over the title of President in August, 2012. Abigail has made herself the richest female in the world.
Abigail Johnson Philanthropy:
Her company Fidelity Investments has donated large sums of money towards the preservation of arts and culture in Boston area.
Abigail Johnson Trivia:
She is known to be a calm and composed person who likes to make the working environment comfortable for her employees. She is referred to as ‘Abby’ in the Fidelity’s Boston headquarters. After her office hours, she drives towards her grandfather’s abode on the suburban Boston road. Despite her rich status, she give any media appearences. She likes to spend her free time with her two children and husband Christopher J. McKown at her house in Nantucket Island.

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